Collection of current Artwork
General Art Statement:
Lying at an intersection of pedagogy, technology and post-minimal Fiber Art history, the performance installations I create explore ideas of failure, fidelity, language, transmission, and progress. I construct scenarios or vignettes incorporating found electronics such as old radios, VHS tapes, and televisions tangled with traditional fiber techniques such as crochet, weaving and macrame.
The performances range from impromptu demonstrations, repetitive simulcast broadcasts, tradition musical concerts, sculptural soundscapes and open house craft workshops.
The results of these installations typically engage the audience in a tactile exercises leaving the audience with the feeling of having gained some form of highly idiosyncratic skill, such as learning to backstrap weave binary text. The goal is to organize a space where connection can occur or to high light moments in which misconnection occurs or information loss.
In one ongoing series (SoniCraft) I create participatory fiber/sound installations exploring the similarities within the two disciplines. These works bridge comprehension between haptic and auditory perception. The work reveals commonalities what is intuitively understood by the hands and cognitively deduced between the ears by combining the act of manually weaving cords with the weaving or layering of recorded sounds.
Research conducted in Cusco, Peru, led to my most recent work titled "Encryption Cloth" inspired by Andean cosmology and backstrap weaving. The Inca used the designs in their weaving to present personal or mythological information. These clothes contained encrypted information within the patterns which prevented the Spanish from realizing their importance, thus insuring its survival.
I demonstrated this project during the CARPA recruitment event, Camp CARP (October 16-19 in Joshua Tree, CA). The presentation displayed the process of weaving coded information into cloth. Demonstrating this technology for potential recruits, I emphasized the innocuous uses of fiber code logic, such as weaving birthday dates and Facebook status updates. This system illustrated a dangerous potential flexibility that could also encompass data like bank account information, browser histories, and phone records. This work is a further exploration of aesthetic pedagogical frames, ie. the military training exercise, fibers traditions, and technology as I continue to investigate the relationship of the educator to the student and the physical to the digital.